STRAW POLL: Tancredo gives plans for rules of engagement for his administration

James Heggen

Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., addressed those in attendance at the Iowa Straw Poll, and laid out his plan for rules of engagement for the U.S. military.

Tancredo said rules of engagement in warfare hinder the ability to take action that saves lives. He said there would only be one rule of engagement if he was elected president.

“We win, you lose,” he said.

Tancredo also said if he were president, he would give soldiers the “finest equipment” for battle and make sure they received the proper treatment they needed after they had served.

Tancredo also hit on one of his most dominant campaign issues: immigration.

Tancredo told a story about when he was in Detroit to speak in front of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

He said he met a cab driver who was an immigrant from the Ivory Coast studying for his citizenship test.

“That’s exactly the kind of person we want here, somebody who wants to be an American,” he said. “Unfortunately there are millions of people coming to our shores who are unwilling to do what my cab driver friend from the Ivory Coast is doing.”

Tancredo chastised Washington for not doing its job in regards to the number of illegal immigrants living in the United States.

“We will secure the borders of America and never give amnesty to illegal aliens,” he said.

Tancredo also said he would bring criminal charges against the mayor of “sanctuary cities and to deport illegal immigrants.”

Tancredo also said that there is a “radical multiculturalism” that threatens our country and gave examples of Christian terms being banned from public schools while Muslims get an opportunity to pray.

“Everything we’ve conceived in this nation is under attacked from jihadism abroad to multiculturalism here at home,” he said. “We are at war for the survival of our republic and our way of life.”

Some of the other issues Tancredo said would happen under his administration would be to overturn Roe v. Wade and get rid of the IRS and implement the FairTax.

“We will defend marriage as a scared union between one man and one woman,” he said.

Finally, Tancredo closed his time with advice to those in attendance.

“I will never apologize for America; it is the last, best hope for Western civilization,” he said. “This is our culture, fight for it.”